The Community of Character Collaboration awarded scholarships in memory of Juanita Haugen in 2022 to Pleasanton High School students Sahane Kumar and Delaney Rers of the Amador Valley; and Sarah Malina and Sadie Brown from Foothill High School.
The committee is a volunteer group representing Pleasanton, the Pleasanton Unified School District, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations in an effort to create a value-oriented culture through motivational and recognition programs. Scholarships honor the group’s founder Juanita Haugen, a former president of the Pleasanton School Board, who died of cancer in 2007.
Scholarships are open to all high school students in Pleasanton. Applicants should explain how their actions as community members reflect compassion, honesty, respect, responsibility, honesty and self-discipline.
Among her activities, Kumar, the daughter of Anand Sankaran and Saradhi Rajagapalana, created Sunshine Tutoring, a free program to help students who fought scientists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kumar is also president of the Amador Valley LEAD Club; member of the group for teenagers “Creatures of Impulse”; secretary and treasurer of the Amador Valley Ethics Club; a representative of the students of the Green Team of the school district; and Talent Coordinator for Mr. Amador, an event that raises funds for the George Marx Orphanage in San Leandro.
Rers, who struggled with family problems and ADHD, who grew up in Missouri, was able to start all over again after moving to a family member in Pleasanton and enrolling in the Amador Valley for a senior course, according to the scholarship committee. Roers also achieved an almost perfect exam score for admission to ACT College, and is currently volunteering at Z-Cares, a nonprofit that focuses on raising awareness of mental health issues among young people. She is also participating in a new school district peer counseling forum called “Girl to Girl,” giving young women a safe space to talk about the challenges they face.
Malina is the daughter of Mauricio and Maria Malina, who immigrated from Colombia. During the pandemic, she and her brother held pastry sales, raising more than $ 23,000 to help families in Cali, Colombia.
“I have a vivid image of trips to Kali, where barefoot children dressed in tired rags performed tricks for money at traffic lights,” Malina said. “This experience touched me deeply and opened my eyes to my responsibility to be the one who finds ways to help.”
Based on this success, Malina and her brother expanded their baking charity, raised another $ 7,000 to send more than 100 backpacks filled with school supplies, and more than 90 pairs of shoes to children in Colombia. They also donated shoes to the American Cancer Society and raised funds to help small businesses in Pleasanton.
Brown, daughter of Jeffrey and Martha Brown, has been active in many community, school, and community activities, including four years on the Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Committee. She is also co-president of the California Scholarship Federation and is a volunteer at the National Charitable League, Hively, Pleasanton Library and Kids Against Hunger.